Donald Trump has become the most dangerous weapon Republicans are facing in the 2022 elections. Rather than supporting a strong GOP candidate, the ex-president has turned his rallies and appearances into “a personal vendetta tour.”
The Republican Governors Association has been spending millions to protect their candidates against the raging uncaged one. Normally, they would have saved their money for the 2022 midterms.
The association co-chair Doug Ducey said that the Republican governors have either “avoided or defeated Trump challengers,” according to The Washington Post. Trump broke the record when he took $2.64 million out of his own political action committee (PAC) and spent it trying to take down Kemp:
‘The focus is on 2022. I don’t believe we should spend one more moment talking about 2020. It hasn’t been to date.’
Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) co-chairs the RGA fundraising branch and described governors’ meeting in Phoenix:
‘This is just not the best use of our money. We would much rather use it just in races against Democrats. But it was made necessary because Donald Trump decided on the vendetta tour this year and so we need to make sure we protect these folks who are the objects of his vengeance.’
This all started after Trump lost his 2020 election. He was mad that Kemp would not help him overthrow the government, so he labeled him “a turncoat,” “coward,” and “a complete and total disaster,” according to the Post.
And as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin showed the world, authoritarians tend to not only injure those who oppose them, they try to destroy them. Trump talked Perdue into running. He also told the Post that the candidate was “surging” even though the polls did not show it:
‘It’s not easy to beat a sitting governor, I’m the one who got that guy elected. I endorsed him, and he won. He’s not good on election integrity, and he did a terrible job on election integrity. We’ll see what happens.’
The former president took on Perdue to show those he backed would win, because Trump was still influential, NBC News reported:
‘It’s a bitter dynamic for Trump, who has made his nationwide endorsements a sign of his influence in the party and part of his implicit case to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2024.’
Trump went after Kemp for “dividing the Republican Party.” He also claimed Kemp could not beat Stacey Abrams (D).
In one ad, Perdue talks to the camera:
‘Kemp caved before the election, and the country is paying the price today.’
A second one started with Trump speaking::
‘”The Democrats walked all over Brian Kemp.” Trump then turns to Perdue, who (sic) he calls “smart” and “tough.”’
By Friday, the ex-president tried to turn back the fairly accurate rumor he had quit former Senator David Perdue when the candidate’s numbers tanked.Trump said that was “a phony narrative…I am with David all the way.”
The Republicans behind Kemp have decided to call the race a cruel disappointment for the former president:
‘It’s clearly the most important race for Donald Trump in the country. He’s made Brian Kemp public enemy No. 1. We have to decide if we want to be the ‘party of me’ or the “party of us.” And that’s what a lot of these primaries are going to decide.’
Trump’s first Georgia Director in 2016 and well-known Georgia Republican strategist Seth Weathers said Trump has become “boring:”
‘In 2014 he ran the ultimate outsider’s campaign [But] if he ran that same campaign this year, he’d be in a different place. Instead, it’s been a boring Trump video over and over again.’
Arizona Governor Ducey indicated that Kemp has had longtime relationships with governors and his win over Abrams indicated he never had “a moment of hesitation” about running again. Of course, Kemp controlled the election voter election data at the time. Ducey continued:
‘If Brian Kemp gets over the finish line in the fashion that I believe is possible. It speaks volumes to the good people of Georgia.’
It will speak volumes to Trump, too.
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